One of Young Living’s beautiful peppermint fields on a summer day at the Mona, Utah, farm.
Lemon. Over 50 studies reveal benefits of d-limonene and our Lemon essential oil has those fabulous antioxidant properties of d-limonene, which protect the body. Guess what’s in Blue Spruce and Balsam Fir oils? Yes, limonene. Studies suggest lemon oil is very effective at supporting the liver and circulatory system.
Add 2 to 3 drops of Lemon oil in a glass of water and mix it. Mary and I cook with the oils; they’re our flavoring agents. Diffuse it to uplift emotions. It’s an important ingredient in NingXia Red.
Peppermint. How many of you like peppermint tea? Why? Because it’s soothing to the stomach, the gastrointestinal tract. Try putting 1 drop of Peppermint oil in a cup of warm water, and just stir it and sip on it; you’ll be amazed at what it’ll do, not only for your digestive system but also for your circulatory system.
The mental clarity you get from drinking peppermint water is amazing. The University of Cincinnati found that inhaling peppermint oil increased mental accuracy by 28 percent. Does that have value?
Studies have proved the antioxidant activities of peppermint oil. They show that peppermint oil curbs appetite when inhaled. Add it to herbal tea to support digestion. Use it before and during workouts to invigorate your muscles and reduce fatigue. Place 2 drops on the tongue to improve alertness and focus. Mix it in a foot bath to relieve sore feet.
Bees visit the lavender blossoms at Young Living’s Mona, Utah, lavender farm.
A couple of chemical compounds in lavender essential oil are very, very important, esters and aldehydes. Both of those are very sedating to the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems. So lavender is very calming and very relaxing. You take lavender and rub it on your neck and shoulders at night, and you’re not going to watch a movie; you’ll be snoring all the way through it.
Research shows the reduction of mental stress with lavender. Studies show that the use of aromatherapy with hospice patients decreases feelings of stress and promotes an increased sense of well-being. Does that have value?
Lavender oil is very gentle, so it doesn’t matter where you use it; it’s wonderful. Rub it on the paws of overactive pets. Breathe deeply to reduce stress. Use it for all skin types, to soothe insect bites, and to reduce itchiness. Diffuse it in classrooms to create a calming environment. I must tell you, if there are any teachers here who do that, then don’t fault the children when they fall asleep on the desk, okay? Massage it on sore muscles. Spritz it on your pillow for a good night’s sleep.
True, nonhybrid lavender has varying shades of purple, as this picture of YL lavender fields at Mona, Utah, clearly shows.
Our Everyday Oils collection now contains 10 oils because we have added Joy!
Let’s start with Lavender. We grow this a little bit in St. Maries; that’s where I started. In fact, my friend and partner on our farm in France, Jean-Noël Landel, said, ‘Gary, you’re crazy if you think you’re going to grow lavender in Idaho. It won’t produce the volume and the quality there because it’s too cool and too damp for good lavender.’
Well, I’m crazy, so I grew it. St. Maries and Utah are both fabulous for lavender; we grow a lot at our farm in Mona.
But what’s so valuable about lavender? How many of you have ever had a burn? Of course. If you put pure lavender on a burn, you’re going to stop and think that maybe the burn wasn’t that bad because it quit hurting. If you keep it on, you won’t even have a scar.
A scientific research study on lavender done at the University of Miami found that inhaling lavender essential oil increased beta waves in the brain, suggesting heightened relaxation. How many can enjoy that?
A lesser man might be afraid to go back to logging after the devastating accident Gary Young suffered in 1973. But year after year, he is at the Winter Harvest in Idaho felling trees and distilling their oil.
How many of you have ever experienced pain in your life? Have you ever taken painkillers? And then you try to function afterwards. What do they do to your brain? I know about that because after my accident, I was on morphine for three straight years, and then I was on different forms of oxycodone and codeine for seven years. I didn’t know if I was coming or going. It was crazy. I was on antidepressants for seven years because of the terrible depression I was experiencing.
In the accident, I had three open skull fractures, and then I got meningitis lying in the hospital. I had 16 crushed vertebrae, 11 ruptured disks, 19 broken bones, and my spinal cord was herniated in two locations. The surgeon told my parents that if a butcher had taken a meat cleaver and gone down the right side of my body and sheared off every bone, he couldn’t have done a better job than the tree that hit me.
So, I’m back together and I function better than a lot of 40 year olds, and it’s because of the vigor essential oils have brought into my life.
Here are 11 ways to feel better with essential oils:
Today, Gary is sharing 11 ways that essential oils can improve your life.
- Alleviate stress and anxiety—unless you work with Gary
- Shield your body from harmful substances
- Experience natural relaxation
- Support your body’s immune system
- Relieve occasional sleeplessness
- Rejuvenate your skin
- Support proper digestion
- Support your bones and muscles
- Experience superior dental and oral care
- Increase mental clarity
- Experience safe alternatives to household cleaners
Science is busy proving all the good things that oils do. You can go on the Internet to pubmed.gov and search for the latest research on essential oils. [If you search for “essential oil” you will find over 14,000 peer-reviewed studies. However, if you search for “essential oils,” you will miss all of the studies on a single oil.]
Essential oils are very powerful. You can rub them on topically, breathe them, and diffuse them into the air; therapeutic-grade essential oils can also be taken internally.